2017 Choirs Eisteddfod will be a feast of choral music

When & Where: Primary and High School sections will take place on Friday 18 August from 9:30am-2pm at St Paul’s Anglican Church in Manuka and Open sections at Llewellyn Hall (ANU) on Saturday 19 August from 9am-10pm.

Around 1,400 adults and youths, as part of 50 choirs, will take part in this year’s Choirs section of the Australian National Eisteddfod, to be held in Canberra on August 18-19.

The event encompasses all levels, from Primary School ages to Open sections (adults). Choirs to perform include a broad range of Canberra School and Community Choirs, as well as interstate groups from Queensland, Sydney, Leura and Melbourne.

Each session will conclude with comments by a specialist adjudicator, Sharon Batterham from Melbourne, and presentation of awards.

School aged choirs singing on Friday 18 August include Canberra Girls Grammar School, Canberra Grammar Junior School, ACT Primary and Senior Concert Choir, Radford, Daramalan, St Edmunds and Merici Colleges, Lyneham High School, Gold Creek School, The Anglican School Googong and Jerrabomberra Public School.

Saturday afternoon’s Championships, for 12 Years and Under and 20 Years and Under Choirs, will feature 11 choirs from Canberra and interstate, ranging from primary school to ANU level.

The event will culminate on the evening of Saturday 19 August, where 8 choirs will take part in the Open Australian Choral Challenge and Open Choral Group sections from 7-10pm; first prize in these sections is $3,000 and $2,500 respectively. Other Open sections for Popular, Contemporary and Sacred Choirs) have also attracted between 3 and 5 entrants so there will again be stiff competition and a high level of performance.

The Eisteddfod's mission is to promote participation in the performing arts. It actively encourages an inclusive environment that fosters the growth of confidence and self-esteem in performers of all levels and ages. The majority of participants are children and young adults. Each year over 5,000 individuals perform at Australian National Eisteddfod events.

Following the Choirs Eisteddfod other events will be held in the next few weeks at Ainslie Arts Centre as follows:
Piano: 24-27 August 2017
Singing: 1-3 September 2017
Speech and Drama: 9 September 2017

Please visit the Eisteddfod's website for further information http://www.nationaleisteddfod.org.au

The ACT Primary Concert Choir, winners of the 2016 12 Years and Under Championship.
Photo: Peter Hislop